Magisterial inquiry ordered into Tihar jailbreak
New Delhi: Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today ordered a magisterial inquiry into the daring jail break incident at Tihar Jail from where two undertrials managed to escape.
Jung has directed District Magistrate (South West) Ankur Garg to probe the matter and sought an inquiry report within a week.
Two undertrials scaled the wall of the ward they were lodged in and then dug a tunnel through the boundary wall to escape from the jail which is considered to be the most high-security prison compound in the count.
While one of them was later caught, the other one is still on the run and a mega manhunt has been launched to nab him.
The sensational jailbreak took place on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday and came to the notice of jail authorities only when the two inmates were found missing during the morning roll call.
The two inmates who managed the daring escape were identified as Faizan and Javed both of whom were lodged in jail for burglaries.
According to prison sources, Faizan and Javed, both of them were lodged in Jail No. 7 of Tihar since the last couple of months. On Saturday night, they scaled the wall of the jail they were lodged in and reached Jail No. 8 whose wall is the perimeter wall of the complex.
The duo then dug a tunnel below this wall and escaped through a nearby drain. While Faizan was soon nabbed, Javed, who was arrested two months ago in a burglary case, managed to give jail authorities a slip.
After desperate efforts to catch Javed by prison authorities failed, they finally informed police late on
"Ankur Garg, IAS, District Magistrate (South West) will conduct the inquiry into the incidents of wall break, digging of tunnel and escape of prisoners from Central Jail," LG's office said in a statement.
The inquiry will also focus on the factors and circumstances leading to the incident besides reviewing comprehensively the security set-up of Delhi Prisons.
The DM's inquiry will also focus on fixing responsibility for the lapses leading to the occurrence of the incident and suggest remedial measures to be undertaken by the prison administration to prevent recurrence of such incidents, the statement said.
"District Magistrate (South West) may co-opt officers from concerned departments viz - Delhi Prisons, Delhi Police, PWD etc. to assist him in the inquiry," the LG's office stated.
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